|Botanical Nomenclature||Sedum acre|
|Common Name||Biting Stonecrop, Goldmoss Sedum, Goldmoss Stonecrop, Mossy Stonecrop, Wallpepper|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Sedum acre is a perennial, herbaceous plant growing from 5 to 15cm, with small, sessile, oval, light green leaves and star-shaped, yellow flowers. The plant has a peppery taste. The flowering lasts from June to July and the fruiting takes place from July to August|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Leaves|
|Active Substances||Semadine (alkaloid), rutin (glycoside), tannins, organic acids, chlorophyll, resins|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The leaves have astringent, hypotensive, laxative, anthelmintic and healing properties. It is applied externally in the form of poultice against the open wounds, light skin burnes and warts. However, attention required to the external use as it may cause blisters or skin irritation. In homeopathy it is recommended for the treatment of hemorrhoids and anal fistula. In folk medicine the plant juice is administered as emetic, purgative, as well against malaria, fever and epilepsy.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is applied externally to the skin as astringent and healing in the form of poultice made from fresh leaves. In homeopathy it is administered in the form of tincture.
Warning: The use of herb preparations is not recommended without seeking advice from your physician or pharmacist. The substances they contain may interact with the subscribed drugs that the patient already takes, thus eliminating their therapeutic efficacy or inducing toxicity. They may also burden further weakened vital functions of the body thus exposing the patient to increased morbidity and life threatened conditions.
|Toxicity- Adverse Effects||The external use of the plant may cause skin irritation and blisters. The contact of the plant with the eyes may cause permanent damage, while the oral administration is not recommended as it may cause headaches, lethargy, diarrhea and vomiting.|
|References||1) Βιβλίο: Οδηγός των φαρμακευτικών φυτών, Paul Schauenberg, Ferdinand Paris, Εκδότης Μ. Γκιούρδας, Αθήνα 1981, σελίδα 47-48 2) http://nfgr.org/phocadownload/riparian-vegetation-management.pdf 3)ΚΑΡΑΓΙΑΝΝΗ ΠΑΝΑΓΙΩΤΑ, Βιολόγος. Συμβολή στη δημιουργία ενός προτύπου κατανομής της παρόχθιας βλάστησης και χλωρίδας των ποταμών της Δυτικής Ελλάδος.Ερευνητική διατριβή μεταπτυχιακού διπλώματος ειδίκευσης. ΠΑΤΡΑ : ΠΑΝΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΙΟ ΠΑΤΡΩΝ, ΤΜΗΜΑ ΒΙΟΛΟΓΙΑΣ, 4)http://www.herbal-supplement-resource.com/biting-stonecrop.html 5)http://practicalplants.org/wiki/Sedum_acre 6)http://www.henriettes-herb.com/eclectic/kings/sedum-acre.html|